Sun, Dec. 15

Great food, entertainment all on the menu at Casa Rincon

Casa Rincon's main dining room seats 45 people. The Chimayo Room also accommodates 45.

In the restaurant’s Tapas Cantina, one can hear rhythm & blues with Combo Deluxe, Motown hits by Sammy Davis, Flamenco guitar with Esteban, or rockin' blues with Full Circle, just to mention a few entertainers.

If you just want to hang out and watch TV, Monday night is sports night with drink specials. And for those who have a voice of their own, Open Mic night is every Tuesday.

But Casa Rincon is known for more than its nightly entertainment. Their fine Mexican food and exquisite Southwest décor is what gives people that real Southwest flavor.

When the “El Rincon Family,” or Gloria Morrow and her son, Demetri Wagner, and his sisters, Candyce and Cynthia, bought the Casa Rincon building in 1998, they blended their skills in running Mexican food restaurants.

After all, they have owned El Rincon for over 25 years. But Casa Rincon is hardly a replica of El Rincon. Casa Rincon, in West Sedona, is located within a Spanish colonia-style building. The restaurant, with 8,800 square feet of space, provides ample room for dining and entertainment. This is why Demitri chose it.

“I always have wanted to provide entertainment for our guests. It’s been my passion,” he said.

Casa Rincon’s main dining room seats 45 people. The Chimayo Room also accommodates 45 people. The Wine Room, used for banquets, weddings, and private parties, can seat 65. If you want to enjoy Sedona’s beautiful sunsets, there are three patios to accommodate your dining experience.

Rincon recipes include the traditional fajita plates, burritos, tamales and chile rellenos to grilled sterling salmon, camarones entocinados and roasted portabella mushrooms.

Because of the popularity of the restaurant and its entrees, reservations are required. This isn’t the kind of place one can just pop in and dine. But if you are just popping in to enjoy the nightly entertainment, have a choice glass of wine and be with friends, the spacious Tapas Cantina is a little more flexible.

If you are in the Tlaquepaque area, then you want to visit the Rincon family’s other restaurant, El Rincon. The restaurant is located in a free-standing building in one corner of the village’s main courtyard. El Rincon’s menu features Mexican food with a Native American influence.

“By blending traditional Mexican and Navajo recipes, our mother created what is called ‘Arizona-style Mexican food,'” Demetri said.

Chimichangas are made from Indian masa, chicken, beef or shrimp and chiles. The Navajo pizza is a sopapilla with beans, cheese, onions and peppers and, of course, with red or green chilis. To complement your Mexican dinner are the margaritas, known in Sedona as the finest around as they are made with the best brands of tequila.

For more information on either one of the restaurants, you can visit the website or call Demetri Wagner at 282-4849.

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